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Ball Lightning Caught On Video and Spectrograph

johnsnails aduket (120 comments)

The stuff of streetfighter?

about 3 months ago

Chinese Icebreaker Is Stuck In Ice After Antarctic Research Vessel Rescue

johnsnails Re: Hey dawg.. (361 comments)

Now I need to watch this

about 3 months ago

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Pass 10% Market Share, Windows XP Falls Below 30%

johnsnails Re:It doesn't matter (470 comments)

wholeheartedly agree...
I was surprised i couldn't notice any differences when I eventually managed to work out how to install w8.1 and log in BLAH BLAH BLAH.

about 3 months ago

Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

johnsnails Re: Bad call (611 comments)

You make it sound simple separating fairy tale and state... Its even more difficult in a democracy where I want to elect representatives who are aligned with my beliefs be in creationism in schools (which I don't care for) and making abortion an option for unique situations, not a contraception.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

johnsnails kamasutra (796 comments)


about 3 months ago

Partially Censored Database From Snapchat Intrusion Released

johnsnails Re: Slashdotted (51 comments)

There is an alternative explanation...

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Command Line Interfaces -- What Is Out There?

johnsnails Re: What the f**king f**k? (383 comments)

Ive looked on eBay for low id's in the past. But not sure I care with the recent caliber of published story.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Command Line Interfaces -- What Is Out There?

johnsnails libdav (383 comments)

isint ffmpeg superseded? Don't know if the new one is better or not...

about 3 months ago

Apple Denies Helping NSA Subvert iPhone

johnsnails Re: Sorry Apple. (284 comments)

Best laugh you have had all year.

about 3 months ago

Not All Bugs Are Random

johnsnails Re:Is this news for anyone? (165 comments)

My boss wont give me the budget to specifically test (I do stuff as I go along). Thankfully most of the stuff I write is pretty trivial. For more complex stuff I am using a framework (Yii). Buys me a bit of time to test because I get a full working CRUD pretty quickly that looks/is impressive.

about 4 months ago

BitTorrent Unveils Secure Chat To Counter 'NSA Dragnet Surveillance'

johnsnails honey (111 comments)

I smell a honey pot, unless there is lots of 'nothing to hide' noise on the network

about 4 months ago

Excite Kids To Code By Focusing Less On Coding

johnsnails jsfiddle (207 comments)

I skipped ahead... now I need an 'JSFiddle' equivalent for this.

about 4 months ago

Excite Kids To Code By Focusing Less On Coding

johnsnails hmmm. (207 comments)

You are using all of the necessary types of blocks, but try using more of these types of blocks to complete this puzzle. Taken from the first lesson... Even with the IDE in front of me I couldn't understand what it was trying to tell me.

about 4 months ago

Final Days For Australia's Analog TV

johnsnails Late to the game... (192 comments)

For those who don't know... digital tv is this thing that superseded analog tv too long ago to remember in your country...

about 4 months ago



Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps dies

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  about a month ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "THE fiery founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, who drew international condemnation for outrageous and hate-filled protests that blamed almost everything, including the deaths of AIDS victims and US soldiers, on America's tolerance for gay people, has died. He was 84."
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Bitcoin exchange boss, Autumn Radtke, found dead of suspected suicide in Singapo

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  about a month ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "IT SEEMS controversial virtual currency bitcoin has claimed its first life.

THE American chief executive of a bitcoin exchange has been found dead at her home in Singapore.

Autumn Radtke, 28, was found dead in her apartment on February 28 and investigators are awaiting toxicology tests to confirm that her death was a suicide.

Radtke formerly worked with Apple and other Silicon Valley tech firms on developing digital payment systems before taking up the position with First Meta, an exchange for the digital currency bitcoin."

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Are you smart enough to work at a start-up?

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  about 6 months ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "EVER fancied yourself the next Mark Zuckerberg or David Karp?

Well, here's your chance to shine.

Sydney-based tech company Bigcommerce is recruiting engineers to work in their inner-city warehouse offices, fitted out with ping pong tables, Xboxes and nerf guns in true start-up vibe.

The only thing standing in your way is solving the ridiculously difficult riddle pictured above.

Once cracked, the code will generate a phone number that leads to a "batphone" in their Sydney offices."

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Kevin Rudd quits as leader as Tony Abbott storms to victory.

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  about 7 months ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "KEVIN Rudd has conceded defeat to Tony Abbott in the election and said he will not recontest the Labor leadership. Mr Rudd called on the nation to unite behind Mr Abbott as prime minister. “As Prime Minister of Australia I wish him well now in the high office of Australian prime minister.” “Tonight is the time to unite as the great Australian nation. Because whatever our politics may be we are all first and foremost Australian."
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Girl, 11, has higher IQ than Einstein

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  about 8 months ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "THE smartest person in Britain isn't an Oxbridge professor or BBC boffin, it's an 11-year-old girl with huge aspirations.
Cerys Cooksammy-Parnell scored the maximum of 162 on a Mensa IQ test in July, ranking her smarter than Einstein and Stephen Hawking, the Wall St Journal reports."

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The PHP development team is proud to announce the immediate availability of PHP

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  about 10 months ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "The PHP development team is proud to announce the immediate availability of PHP 5.5.0. This release includes a large number of new features and bug fixes. The key features of PHP 5.5.0 include:
  • Added generators and coroutines.
  • Added "finally" keyword.
  • Added simplified password hashing API.
  • Added support for constant array/string dereferencing.
  • Added Class Name Resolution As Scalar Via "class" Keyword
  • Added support for using empty() on the result of function calls and other expressions
  • Added support for non-scalar Iterator keys in foreach
  • Added support for list in foreach
  • Added Zend Opcache extension and enable building it by default.
  • The GD library has been upgraded to version 2.1 adding new functions and improve existing functionality.
  • A lot more improvements and fixes

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Researchers hack Google Australia headquarters building

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  about a year ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "RESEARCHERS have managed to easily hack the building management system of Google's Sydney headquarters.

The researchers from security firm Cylance were able to obtain the password for the control system for the waterfront Pyrmont office, where it could access the system that controls alarms and other building services."

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Yii 2 is now available for public preview at GitHub

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  about a year ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "We are very pleased to announce that Yii 2 is now available for public preview at GitHub. This is a major milestone during the Yii 2 development which was started more than two years ago and has since undergone complete rewrite.

Note that Yii 2 is still under heavy development. We may introduce significant changes without prior notices. So please do not use it for production.



We sincerely invite you to review and play around the code, and give us feedback. We also welcome you to participate in developing Yii 2."

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US ambassador explains his fight against Game of Thrones piracy

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  about a year ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "THE US ambassador to Australia, who lambasted Australians for pirating popular fantasy TV series Game of Thrones, has explained why he does not have "anything better to do" than to fight this issue."
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Facebook tries to takeover the world with a redirection bug

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  about a year ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "Some of the biggest news sites in the world disappeared today when Facebook took over the internet with a redirection bug.

Visitors to sites such as The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, the Gawker network, NBC News and News.com.au were immediately transferred to a Facebook error page upon loading their intended site."

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Dozens suspended in Harvard University cheat scandal

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  about a year ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "AROUND 60 students at Harvard University have been suspended and others disciplined in a mass cheating scandal at the elite college, the campus newspaper reports.

The Harvard Crimson quoted an email from Faculty of Arts and Sciences dean Michael Smith that said more than half of the cases heard by administrators in the scandal, which erupted last year, had resulted in suspension orders."

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What do you think of this poem my computer nerd friend wrote for his girlfriend

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  about a year ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "My friend wrote this poem for his new girlfriend. The whole poem is full of programming and computer references. I wanted to ask the /. community what they thought of the references and any mistakes he has made (or kudos where due). He will be reading your replies!

My love for you is dynamic and compiled on the run. Never will a
compile time bug stop us even trying. Just in time is the way we

Our interface is love, polymorphic in every way, always constrained by
Ilove (I love, the interface name for love by convection adding an "I"
turns it into "I love" lol)

I'll catch your exceptions and never let them bubble away. Will you be
the code the completes my abstract heart?

Like garbage collection I will take out the trash for you. I'll manage
our memories and create more than enough, never losing even one. Never
will there be a pointer to a memory of ours that can't be found.

I walked our stack and couldn't find a trace of any leak, my love for
you is on the heap, it's not going away anytime soon.

I tried redefining our love but it has already been declared, I love you

They said I was object orientated, your more than an object, your my
script to happiness

I tired reading ur past but got an out of bounds, I incremented the
pointer and saw your future, I'll always be here with you

Love was undefined so I just set it to you and I

We break and point to look at the locals, and see what's in our
hearts, their the same reference destined to be linked together

I did and extern on the entry to my heart so you can always find it

My manifest has you all over it, there's no denying your in my heart
through and through

I overrode our destructor and will never release our memories, our
love will never be lost

When we were constructed I started an infinite loop, no one else has
control, our love will never end

I'm asynchronous, i'll call you back all the time

When that event hit us from a different thread, we just synchronised
our hearts and kept on loving

Tell me my bugs and I'll comment them out for you

The message loop is full of one thing, you

Ajax called to say json had a message. It was I love you

I love you like jquery loves the dom.
I love you like knockout loves binding
I love you like and an event loves a handler
I love you like html loves css
I love you like JavaScript loves chrome
I love you more than I love html5
Your the one for me

I'll listen to your heart beat so our connection will never dropout.
I'll love you with nbn speeds

My password is our first kiss, I'll never change it, and no one can
ever steal it.

I went to ping you but had to stop at every hop, it was worth it to
know you were there all along

I looked up your name and found it was non-authorative, that's
something I can fix but I'll have to change a part of your name and
move you to my place

We don't need a controller to tell us our view is full of model love

I did a dig and found your name, then i did an arp and found your
address, the next protocol is all physical.

You have a static arp entry in my heart, you can change ur number, you
can change you name, I'll always find you and never loose you

You can pull the plug I've auto saved our love

I hope you don't mind, I self signed our love, other people may not
trust it, but we both know who we are

If you were optimised nothing would be removed

Like a stack overflow to an infinite recursion I couldn't escape
thinking about u"

Kogan wages war on Internet Explorer: Users taxed Read more: http://www.news.co

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  about 2 years ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "ONLINE electronics retailer Kogan.com has announced it will be charging customers a 6.8 per cent penalty if they use the "antique" browser Internet Explorer 7 to buy their products.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/technology/kogan-wages-war-on-internet-explorer-users-taxed/story-e6frfro0-1226395298505#ixzz1xjoCUwse"

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Shouryya Ray solves 300-year-old mathematical riddle posed by Isaac Newton

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  about 2 years ago

johnsnails writes "A GERMAN 16-year-old has become the first person to solve a mathematical problem posed by Sir Isaac Newton more than 300 years ago.
Shouryya Ray worked out how to calculate exactly the path of a projectile under gravity and subject to air resistance, The (London) Sunday Times reported.
The Indian-born teen said he solved the problem that had stumped mathematicians for centuries while working on a school project.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/technology/german-teen-shouryya-ray-solves-300-year-old-mathematical-riddle-posed-by-sir-isaac-newton/story-e6frfro0-1226368490157#ixzz1w3LI5N1w"

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Computer glitch hits CBA customers as police give

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  more than 3 years ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "THE SOFTWARE glitch bugging Commonwealth Bank customers has caused at least one ATM to spill out "thousands of dollars" prompting the police to send several officers to guard at least one machine until it could be fixed.
The ATM at Plumpton Marketplace, in Sydney's West, had at least two or three policeman guarding it, Plumpton Fast Photo retail assistant Jancy said.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/money/banking/computer-glitch-hits-cba-customers/story-e6frfmcr-1226014261756#ixzz1FKPrBxO1"

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KDE 4.6 is Out!

johnsnails johnsnails writes  |  more than 3 years ago

johnsnails (1715452) writes "The KDE® Community is an international technology team dedicated to creating a free and user-friendly computing experience, offering an advanced graphical desktop, a wide variety of applications for communication, work, education and entertainment and a platform to easily build new applications upon. We have a strong focus on finding innovative solutions to old and new problems, creating a vibrant atmosphere open for experimentation."
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